Arkansas Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Civil Sexual Abuse Lawsuits in Arkansas
Legal Update: A temporary lookback window established under the Arkansas Justice for Vulnerable Victims of Sexual Abuse Act remains open until January 31, 2024.
Under the law, child sexual abuse survivors whose claims were barred under the previous statute of limitations have an unprecedented opportunity to file civil lawsuits and recover compensation for their damages.
If you or someone you love have questions about the Justice for Vulnerable Victims of Sexual Abuse Act or would like to discuss a potential claim, Levy Konigsberg wants to help.
Levy Konigsberg is a nationally renowned trial firm with extensive experience litigating sexual abuse lawsuits across the country - including states where laws like Arkansas’ SB 676 created special lookback windows to revive previously time-barred claims. To speak with an Arkansas sexual abuse attorney about your rights and legal options, call (800) 315-3806 or contact us online.
Arkansas SB 676 Gives Child Sex Abuse Survivors A New Opportunity To File Claims
The Justice for Vulnerable Victims of Sexual Abuse Act, Senate Bill 676, was passed in April 2021. Like a wave of survivor-focused laws being passed in states like New York and California, the Act implements changes intended to give survivors of childhood sexual abuse a new opportunity to file civil lawsuits.
Specifically, the law creates a temporary two-year lookback window for survivors with claims barred by the previous statute of limitations to file suit. This means that childhood sexual abuse survivors abused at any time in the past can file claims during the lookback window – which runs from February 1, 2022 to January 31, 2024.
Arkansas’ Justice for Vulnerable Victims of Sexual Abuse Act is groundbreaking legislation that accounts for the immense challenges survivors of childhood sexual abuse face when it comes to processing their abuse and making the decision to pursue legal action against abusers and the entities that failed to protect them.
As a firm that devotes a large part of our practice to fighting on behalf of child and adult sexual abuse survivors, Levy Konigsberg is now working with a growing number of Arkansas survivors to help them seek justice. Given that the deadline for revived claims under the Act is January 31, 2024, we encourage all survivors with potential cases to contact us as soon as possible.
Fighting for Survivors in Civil Sexual Abuse Claims
Our Arkansas sexual abuse attorneys represent survivors of child and adult sexual abuse in civil claims filed against abusers and the entities that failed to protect them.
As civil lawsuits, these claims focus only on liability for the damages survivors suffered because of their abuse – which can include depression, intimacy issues, anxiety, and numerous other physical, emotional, and economic losses. They do not deal with criminal guilt and can be filed regardless of whether abusers were charged or convicted of crimes.
At the core of these lawsuits are claims that the institutions and entities involved failed to uphold their obligations to protect victims. Generally, these claims are based on the duties entities and businesses have for supervising employees and volunteers, investigating complaints, and taking an appropriate course of action when there is known or suspected abuse.
Unfortunately, as we have seen in countless sexual abuse cases, many entities fail to meet these duties – and some act to willfully conceal and cover up abuse.
At Levy Konigsberg, we have the experience and resources to help survivors in sexual abuse lawsuits involving all types of institutions and circumstances, including:
- Sexual Abuse in Colleges and Universities
- Sexual Abuse of Children in Religious Organizations
- Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church
- Sexual Abuse in Residential Care Group Homes and Foster Care Homes
- Sexual Abuse involving Rideshare Services (Lyft & Uber)
- Sexual Abuse in Hotels and The Hospitality Industry
- Sexual Abuse by Law Enforcement
- Sexual Abuse in Spas and Massage Parlors
- Sexual Abuse in the Entertainment Industry
- Sexual Abuse in Summer / Day Camps and Day Care / Preschools
How Much is My Sexual Abuse Claim Worth?
The value of any civil claim depends on the unique facts and circumstances involved. Because every case is different, the best way to evaluate the value of your potential claim is to speak personally with an attorney who knows these cases and the types of settlements and verdicts they can produce.
Generally, survivors of sexual abuse are entitled to a financial recovery of their damages. Given the complex effects of sexual abuse, and the fact that abuse has a long-term if not lifelong impact on victims, damages can be substantial.
Recoverable damages in sexual abuse cases may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Costs associated with mental health treatment / therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish, fear, embarrassment, and anxiety
- Long-term mental health issues, including PTSD and depression
- Lost income and other economic losses
Levy Konigsberg has access to research, experts, and resources that allow us to thoroughly evaluate the damages suffered by our clients and present those damages effectively in claims and the courtroom. In every case we handle, we fight for the maximum compensation possible.
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Levy Konigsberg is a U.S. News “Best Law Firms” ranked trial practice known for litigating complex claims. Our work has produced landmark rulings, record settlements and verdicts, and conversations that have helped change laws and lives.
Led by Partner Anna Kull, our sexual abuse team has become recognized nationally for our work representing survivors. Some of notable work in this area includes:
- Millions of dollars in compensation recovered for survivors across the country, including those in states where survivor-centric laws created temporary filing windows.
- Award-winning recognition from peers and the media, including a recent NY Daily News cover story profiling our ongoing work representing women sexually abused in NY prisons.
- High-profile sexual abuse filings and litigation against powerful institutions, including the Catholic Church, state and municipal corrections departments, and universities and hospital systems that failed to protect survivors.
You can learn more about our latest sexual abuse work on our blog.
Learn More About Filing a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit in Arkansas
Whether you have a claim that can be filed under Arkansas Justice for Juvenile Sexual Abuse Act or other state laws governing civil claims, Levy Konigsberg wants to help.
Our attorneys are passionate about guiding survivors through their legal journeys and provide the comprehensive support and counsel they deserve. Our firm also works on contingency, which means clients pay nothing up front to hire our team, and pay a fee only if we win.
To speak with an Arkansas sexual abuse attorney about your case, call (800) 315-3806. Consultations are free and confidential.
Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline or by submitting an email inquiry. Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.
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